Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has sent out a warning to the other top teams that the Gunners are ready to mount a serious title challenge (via Arsenal.com). Speaking to Arsenal Player, the 26-year old praised the ‘unbelievable’ football that Arsenal produced against Manchester United yesterday, while also calling for more of the same.
Arsenal ran rampant at the Emirates over the course of 20 astounding first half minutes, tearing through an unprepared Manchester United defence at will and scoring with some audacious attempts. Walcott was at the heart of it all, producing two assists – and his combination play along with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil was a joy to watch. The Englishman was understandably pleased with the team’s performance after the final whistle, but urged his teammates to keep playing at the same level every week.
“This result especially will send out a message to the Premier League that we are ready to actually have a go this season,” he said.
“That desire was there, but we need to show it in every single game now, it can’t just be one offs. You could sense by the way we started today, it was going to be a good day.
“Some of the football we played in the first half was just unbelievable to be involved in. Maybe we eased off a bit in the second half but to be honest we are always happy with a clean sheet, that is crucial for us as well.
“When we have won games before, we have tended to give away sloppy goals, so it was crucial for the whole team to keep a clean sheet today.”
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Yesterday was one of those rare occasions in the season when the entire team performed like a well-oiled machine, each player working as part of a greater whole. Sanchez and Özil were the stand-out performers surely, but every single man on the pitch contributed in a big way to the result. Such performances are what Arsenal are truly capable of; and while expecting them to produce such results weekly is perhaps too optimistic, we could really use more of the same against teams like Bayern Munich and Manchester City.